Overview

UNDRR’s New York Liaison Office (NYLO) provides policy advice and support to UN Member and Observer States and other stakeholders, supports the Office of the Secretary-General, and closely works with UN system partners to advance disaster risk reduction and Sendai Framework  implementation. 

The NYLO promotes policy coherence across disaster risk reduction, climate action, sustainable development, and financing for development through intergovernmental deliberations and policy decisions taken at the General Assembly and ECOSOC.  

This includes promoting DRR integration and coherence with the Sendai Framework in the implementation of major intergovernmental agreements, including the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the Addis Ababa Action Agenda on Financing for Development, the Paris Agreement on climate change, the Istanbul Programme of Action for Least Developed Countries, the Vienna Programme of Action for Landlocked Developing Countries and the Samoa Pathway for Small Island Developing States, to ensure their implementation benefits from and contributes to reducing disaster risk. 

Speeches

EFDRR in Matosinhos Portugal 25 November 2021
Governments across Europe and Central Asia have backed a roadmap towards preventing future disasters including new pandemics in the face of growing threats from climate change and disease outbreaks.
United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction - Regional Office for Europe & Central Asia
Map with people, buildings and pin pointers
The United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNDRR) launched a new report this week to support small and medium enterprises (SMEs) in being disaster-ready.
United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction
7th High-level Meeting for DRR
On 19 November 2021, the Seventh High-level Meeting for Disaster Risk Reduction was held in Nairobi, Kenya in hybrid format. Ministers and Delegates from Member States in Africa adopted the Nairobi Declaration and the matrix of the Programme of Action for the implementation of Sendai Framework in Africa (2021-2025). These were the main outcomes of the Eighth Africa Regional Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction (AfRP) that was held from 16-18 November.
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Barcelona, Greater Manchester, Helsingborg and Milan comprise four of the first six cities awarded as global Making Cities Resilient 2030 Resilience Hubs for climate and disaster risk reduction.
United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction - Regional Office for Europe & Central Asia
Opening of the Regional Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction in Africa - Towards disaster risk-informed development for a resilient Africa in a covid-19 transformed world.
United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction
Opening ceremoney
On 17 November 2021, the Government of Republic of Kenya officially opened the 8th Africa Regional Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction as the host country. This key event on disaster risk reduction is convened at a critical time in a context where Africa is facing increasing challenges from disaster risks aggravated by the COVID-19 pandemic and climate change.
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PR on NDMAs' Forum 4-5.11.2021 in Tashkent
On November 5, the Heads of Emergency Authorities of Central Asian States at the Regional Forum in Tashkent adopted a Strategy for Development of Cooperation Between Central Asian Countries in Disaster Risk Reduction for 2022-2030.
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PHA workshop in Bishkek 2021-09-24
Building on the Preliminary Disaster Resilience Scorecard Assessment held earlier in September, on 24 September, Bishkek, in cooperation with UNDRR, EU and the World Health Organization (WHO) in the Kyrgyz Republic, conducted the Health Systems Disaster Resilience Scorecard Assessment. The significance of the Health Systems Disaster Resilience Scorecard Assessment is the emphasis on facilitating multi-sectoral approaches to integrating health issues in disaster risk reduction/resilience planning at the city level.
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A family of street children & their mother collecting chestnuts scattered throughout the street, because the tree has fallen due to impact of cyclone Amphan, India (2020)
For a growing number of populations around the world, facing a future of more frequent and extreme disasters will only be possible if more funding is channelled towards adaptation and disaster risk reduction, writes Mami Mizutori.
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Today we conclude the Fifth Arab Regional Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction. For four days and throughout 25 sessions, 16 countries and more than 100 experts and 500 participants gathered in a ministerial-level, multi-stakeholder, inclusive, innovative, and interactive platform. Thank you again to our host, the Government of the Kingdom of Morocco. I also extend our appreciation to the League of Arab States, who organized this event with the UNDRR Regional Office for Arab States.
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UN Resolutions

News and events

The private sector is a key player in disaster risk reduction. From left: ARISE co-chairs Ms. Sandra Wu, Chairperson and Chief Executive Officer of Kokusai Kogyo Co., Ltd. and Ms. Margareta Wahlström, the head of the UN Office for Disaster Risk Reduction, with Mr. Simon Clow, Group Head of Stakeholder Engagement, AXA Group, and ARISE interim board member Mr. Aris Papadopoulos, former chief executive of Titan America and founder of the Resilience Action Fund (Photo: UNISDR)
The UN Office for Disaster Risk Reduction and its existing private sector partners have called on businesses around the globe to join a new initiative that aims to raise resilience in the face of natural and man-made hazards.
Reducing the risk of disasters caused by natural hazards such as drought needs to be part of humanitarian and development aid (Photo: UN Photo/WFP/Phil Behan)
Disaster risk reduction needs to be included squarely in humanitarian aid programmes and development policies, given its power to save lives and money, delegates at the United Nations sustainable development summit heard today.
"Transforming our World: The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development" is made up of 17 interlocking goals (Photo: UN)
Efforts to reduce the threat posed by natural and man-made hazards will get a fresh boost this weekend when world leaders adopt a new global sustainable development agenda that aims to eradicate extreme poverty, promote prosperity and people’s well-being, while protecting the environment.
Mr. Saber Chowdhury, President of the Inter-Parliamentary Union, speaking on the Sendai Framework. (Photo: UNISDR)
The Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction is “a fundamental stepping stone marking this year of global action for people and the planet,” according to UN Secretary-General, Ban Ki-moon in remarks to a gathering of Speakers of Parliament from around the world.
UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon (left) greets a participant at a special event in New York marking International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples (Photo: UN Photo/Rick Bajornas)
Indigenous knowledge is an important source of wisdom for sustainability, UN Secretary-General Bank Ki-moon says, underlining an issue that it is also crucial for disaster risk reduction.
As this September’s anticipated UN Summit to adopt the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) draws near, intergovernmental discussions in New York are focusing on how their implementation will be measured and tracked.
The 2015 Global Assessment Report on Disaster Risk Reduction (GAR15) is launched today by UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon.
UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today warned that “growing global inequality, increasing exposure to natural hazards, rapid urbanization and the overconsumption of energy and natural resources threaten to drive risk to dangerous and unpredictable levels with systemic global impacts.”
Rendering of Southwest Resiliency Park. (Photo: UNISDR)
The United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction has designated the City of Hoboken, New Jersey, USA, as a Role Model City of the Making Cities Resilient campaign for its flood risk management practices. These include plans to retain over a million gallons of stormwater runoff through green infrastructure.
Strategies can be developed as part of an overall vision to make cities of all sizes more resilient and liveable. (Photo: Magnus Larsson)
This week’s UN Climate Summit has generated commitments to raise $2 billion of in-kind and direct support for cities threatened by extreme weather events fuelled by climate change.
During the course, students Thomas Hrabal and Joseph DeLorenzo present their research on disaster resilience measures in Point Pleasant, New Jersey. (Photo: UNISDR)
Eighteen students at Saint Peter’s University in Jersey City, New Jersey, United States, have just completed the university’s first-ever course on disaster risk reduction, in part as a result of Hurricane Sandy which killed at least 117 people and caused $65 billion worth of damage in the US alone.
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